• Insideline tests the new 981 Boxster with the 6 speed manual - 13.0@108.7

      The new 981 Boxster is an absolutely gorgeous car inside and out and a large improvement on the previous generation model getting lighter and faster. Insideline got their hands on the manual version which posted some impressive numbers with only 315 horses. 60 miles per hour came in 4.9 seconds and the 1/4 mile came in 13 seconds flat at 108.7 miles per hour. This car is quicker/faster than an E46 M3 with less power.

      If the manual is turning these times about about the PDK version? Well, if it is anything like the difference between the 991 Carrera S PDK and manual we expect the Boxster to gain a few miles per hour and almost half a second in the 1/4 mile. That would put it in the range of the E92 M3 with only 315 horses. Impressive? You bet.

      Vehicle: 2013 Porsche Boxster S
      Odometer: 343
      Date: 7/17/2012
      Driver: Josh Jacquot
      Price: $61,850 (base price)

      Drive Type: Midengine, rear-wheel drive
      Transmission Type: Six-speed manual
      Engine Type: Naturally aspirated, direct-injected flat-6
      Displacement (cc/cu-in): 3,436/210
      Redline (rpm): 7,600
      Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 315 @ 6,700
      Torque (lb-ft @ rpm): 266 @ 4,500

      Brake Type (front): 13-inch vented steel rotors, four-piston fixed calipers
      Brake Type (rear): 11.8-inch vented steel rotors, four-piston fixed calipers
      Suspension Type (front): Independent MacPherson struts, coil springs, stabilizer bar and adaptive dampers
      Suspension Type (rear): MacPherson struts, coil springs, stabilizer bar and adaptive dampers
      Tire Size (front): 235/35ZR20 (88Y)
      Tire Size (rear): 265/35ZR20 (95Y)
      Tire Brand: Pirelli
      Tire Model: P Zero
      Tire Type: Asymmetrical summer performance
      As Tested Curb Weight (lb): 3,066

      Test Results:

      0-30 (sec): 2.2 (2.1 w/ TC on)
      0-45 (sec): 3.2 (3.4 w/ TC on)
      0-60 (sec): 4.9 (5.1 w/ TC on)
      0-60 with 1-ft Rollout (sec): 4.7 (4.8 w/ TC on)
      0-75 (sec): 6.8 (7.0 w/ TC on)
      1/4-Mile (sec @ mph): 13.0 @ 108.7 (13.2 @ 108.0 w/ TC on)

      30-0 (ft): 26
      60-0 (ft): 103

      Slalom (mph): 72.8 (69.2 w/TC ON)
      Skid Pad Lateral Acceleration (g): 1.00 (0.98 w/TC on)
      Db @ Idle: 48.2
      Db @ Full Throttle: 87.2
      Db @ 70 mph Cruise: 67.3
      RPM @ 70: 2,600


      Best launch from 4,750 with clutch drop. Won't tolerate any clutch slip from this rpm. Perfect shifter direct, precise, able to tolerate speed.

      Solid, consistent pedal. Stops straight with little lateral wander and almost no pitch.


      Skid pad: Rewards small throttle and steering adjustments on limit with ESC off. Small lift = small rotation. Doesn't want to oversteer. ESC on: Retains excellent manners with lower limits. Still very capable, though.

      Remarkably easy car to slalom. Communicates its intentions clearly as limits approach. ESC on: Intervention is minimal and helpful. Doesn't feel like it punishes. ESC off: Superb balance that's completely accessible. Even pushing hard, it remains fully composed. Comfortable oversteer at exit, which is rare in midengine cars. No issues with electric steering when it comes to driving hard. Feels a little synthetic (like 991 911) if I focus on it during normal driving, but if I drive hard it doesn't matter.

      This article was originally published in forum thread: Insideline tests the new 981 Boxster with the 6 speed manual - 13.0@108.7 started by Sticky View original post